Is my monthly tithe to my church an allowable deduction for tax purposes?

Is my monthly tithe to my church an allowable deduction for tax purposes?, if not what donations are allowable for tax purposes?

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TaxTim TaxTim says:
27 February 2013 at 16:34

You can only deduct donations made to registered public benefit organisations - they must have an NPO or NPC number and they will provide a certificate with this number at the end of the tax year.

Taku says:
27 February 2013 at 16:53

HI Tim,

Thanks a lot for the speedy response, I am very impressed with your service. For you to complete my returns I gather I would need to submit all that supporting documentation i.e. NPO/NPC certificate, medical aid certificate and any other documentation? If I am invested with a fund manager say Alan Gray or Coronation and dont have a pension is this an allowable deduction? Is your fee of 199 a flat fee i.e. not contingent on how much SARS pays out, if they pay out?


TaxTim TaxTim says:
27 February 2013 at 17:01

Only a pleasure!

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